The nighttime sky is becoming increasingly polluted by artificial light. This light pollution poses a significant threat to migrating birds, causing confusion and disorientation and often leading to collisions with buildings, perturbing their internal clocks, or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations. Solutions to light  pollution are readily available. For instance, more and more cities around the world are undertaking measures to promote the use of dark sky friendly lights. Best practice guidelines are also being developed under the Convention of Migratory Species to address this growing issue and to ensure that action is taken globally to help birds migrate safely. Stay tuned for more information about World Migratory Bird Day activities and materials and contact us at [email protected] with any questions. 

2022 World Migratory Bird Day Artist


At the heart of World Migratory Bird Day is original artwork that reflects the annual conservation theme. Each year, artists are invited to submit their work to be carefully considered by a panel of reviewers, and one artist is selected.


We are pleased to announce that artist Omar Custodio Azabache from Peru has been chosen to create the art that will reflect this year’s conservation theme of the impact of light pollution on migratory birds.


Omar holds a degree in Biology from Pedro Ruiz Gallo National University in Lambayeque, Peru. He has experience in taxonomy and conservation biology with a strong emphasis on ornithology. Omar has been a research associate with the Center of Ornithology and Biodiversity in Corbidi, Peru, since 2012. He also leads an urban bird ecology project called Aves Urbanas de Lima, which aims to reconnect people with nature through birds, and is the co-founder of Playeras del Perú, which works to protect shorebirds and their habitats throughout the country.


Omar’s interest in the natural world is complemented by his artistic talents. He has worked as a scientific illustrator for nearly a decade and has been featured in a number of magazines, books, field guides, and other publications.


We are excited to welcome Omar to the 2022 World Migratory Bird Day team and look forward to sharing this year’s artwork with you soon! 


Art at right was created by 2021 artist Sara Wolman.

World Migratory Bird Day 2022

The Impact of Light Pollution on Migratory Birds

World Migratory Bird Day is officially celebrated on the second Saturday of May in Canada and the US (May 14th in 2022), and the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 8th in 2022). However, every day is Bird Day, and you can celebrate birds and host events any day of the year!

Conservation Theme

The 2022 conservation theme focuses on the impacts of light pollution on migratory birds. We look forward to providing information and activities that encourage participants to reduce their light pollution at home and in their communities. 

Art & featured species

Art has been central to World Migratory Bird Day and will continue to be a key element in 2022. We look forward to sharing this year’s original artwork and featured bird species with you soon!


Omar Custodio Azabache from Peru has been selected to create the original artwork for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day. Click here to learn more about Omar and his work.

Social Media Packet

Promoting your World Migratory Bird Day event can be a daunting task, so we create a Social Media Packet that provides easy copy-and-paste posts, downloadable graphics, and other content that you can use on your social media accounts (more resources coming soon!)